Assuring that professional development is offered schoolwide increases the likelihood that all teachers will become skilled in improving literacy.
Why does it matter?
"In practice" means an approach is not authorized or required by state policy, but appears to take place in practice.
Methodology: The information was collected from state statutes, recently enacted legislation (session laws), and rules and regulations. Where necessary, statewide initiatives created outside of policy were collected from state agencies. The information will be updated as changes occur.
Sources for all data points are available through this link.
Last updated: June 2008
Research was conducted by Melodye Bush. Please contact Jennifer Dounay Zinth at 303-299-3689 or email@example.com with comments or questions about this database.
|State offers schoolwide professional development in adolescent literacy instruction|
|Arkansas||Yes, the Literacy Lab Classroom Project is a two-year, 14-day professional development opportunity designed to help teachers create a reading workshop environment in their classrooms. The first year addresses the need for creating engaging literate classroom environments, instruction in fluency and comprehension strategies. The second year is designed to help teachers use assessment to inform instruction.|
Arkansas' Smart Step is a comprehensive initiative with the goal of having all students on grade level in reading by the end of the eighth grade. Smart Step's professional development is available to all teachers and principals. The activities provide additional support to help teachers teach to the standards and to use assessments in a more effective way.
|California||Yes, state statute provides for High School English Professional Development Institutes. Program is limited to: schools where students score below the 40th percentile on English language arts achievement tests; schools with high poverty levels; teams of teachers from various departments within a school; schools with a high number of beginning and noncredentialed teachers; and, schools that have adopted standards-based materials.|
|Connecticut||No policy is evident, but in practice it appears the state offers schoolwide professional development.|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||FLA. ANN. STAT. 1001.215 was enacted in 2006 and includes the creation of the Just Read, Florida! office in the state department of education to: |
|Illinois||Yes, the state's Continued Reading Improvement Block Grant Program funds are used by school districts to provide support to students in grades seven through 12 who are reading significantly below grade level. Professional development uses scientifically-based research and best practices and is delivered by providers approved by the state board of education.|
|Kentucky||Yes, the teachers' professional growth fund was created to provide teachers with high quality professional development in content knowledge in reading and language arts.|
|Minnesota||Yes, the required 125 clock hours of professional development must include the comprehensive, scientifically- based reading instruction that includes at least instruction in five areas of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and text comprehension.|
|New Mexico||Yes, under the middle and high school literacy initiative, professional development is to be ongoing and equal to that which is validated in supporting research.|
|Ohio||Yes, up to $5,000,000 in each fiscal year is to be used for educator training in literacy for classroom teachers, administrators and literacy specialists.|
|Oklahoma||Yes, the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation develops and administers professional development institutes to training school teachers in reading education.|
|Rhode Island||Yes, the Professional Development Investment Fund supports teachers in improving reading instruction and integrating reading throughout the curriculum.|
|Tennessee||Yes, the Education Reform Act of 2001 requires a high quality professional development system to support every teacher in developing student reading proficiency.|
|Texas||Yes, Teacher Reading Academies offer professional development for teachers at the sixth through eighth grade levels.|
|Washington||Yes, through the educational service districts.|
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